Reveal Mystery Weekend 2022
Howdy, my name is Ranger Chase Ketchem I came up to Langley to visit my, Aunt Issabella Bertha Fuzz. You may know her as I.B.
For reasons I’ll get to right soon, my Aunt Issabell asked me to help with her investigation into the murder of Al Bran Millez, the death of Ottis Millez, and the disappearance of John Braveheart and Hagatha Kisstea.
Now down in Ranger, Texas where Aunt I.B. and I come from, we’ re raised to be honest, brave, and loyal.
So when my Aunt I.B. Fuzz read the February 7th final coroner’s report ‘bout the death last year of General, Ottis Millez, she immediately asked me to take her down to the Langley Police Station so she could turn herself in.
I was plain . . . by that there request.
I.B. told me there had been a young bear roaming around the South island last February and, in addition to bunnies and berries, it had eaten several small family pets. So, in an attempt to help her neighbors, Aunt I.B. got an old rusty bear trap from her attic and decided to set it out in the 50 acre forest near the back of the Krunch Farm where several small animals had recently gone missing.
Aunt I.B. warned Knute, Crispin, and Candy not to go near the woods in that area because of the trap but, if they did, to steer clear of the big red cedar where she had anchored the trap.
I.B said the General must have been checking out his land when he stepped into the bear trap. She said that, after the bear paddled back to the mainland, she had forgotten about the trap and never went back to retrieve it.
She’s never been that forgetful before, but she IS turning 86 in six weeks. I think people will realize she didn’t mean to kill General Millez, or anyone else. Why even Mayor, C.Z. Cash, has faith in her and offered to defend her pro-bono.
But right now she is on House Arrest wait’in to hear the outcome of the investigation she asked me to help her with.
So here goes….
FIRST, there’s been a lot a talk about the that Swedish Fishing Company Charter Fishing Yacht, the Miss Fortune, and why the passengers never came back.
Well just last week, Hagatha Kisstea’s publisher received the manuscript of her biography of John Braveheart. Hagatha included a note telling Chisim Publishing, that she and John are safe and happy in a little fishing village along the Western American Coast but she won’t say where because the locals were very protective of their privacy and have made the village almost impossible to find and she asked Chism Publishing to not try to find the village
Ms. Chism said she has read Hagatha’s manuscript about John Braveheart’s life and is sure the book will be a best seller.
Also last week Good Cheer and Big Brother-Big Sisters both received donations of over a million dollars from John Braveheart. His lawyer said John had sent a hand written note asking that his money in Langley Savings and Loan be split between those two non-profit groups and, in a hand written note, John said he was planning to live off, “sunshine, fresh air, and future royalties.” He wrote he was quite content in the sunny little village where he and Hagatha had chosen to stay.
So that absolves Crispin Krunch of murdering his two passengers.
But Captain Krunch, and a slew of others, are still suspects in the recent murder of Al Bran Millez!
So lets examine the evidence…
First we have that very strange man, Boris Goodanuff. He had no reason to kill either the General or Al Millez. He’s just fixated on some rogue rocket riddle.
None of the local officers of the court… C.Z. Cash, Gus Gruesome, Polly Graph, or I.B. Fuzz, had any reason to kill Al Bran Millez.
Then there are Claire Voiant and Josh DeFax. However crazy these two may behave some days, I’ve been told they are quite harmless.
Why Josh hasn’t killed anyone since way back in 1984!
Now to those brilliant but hot headed kids from the after school clubs.
The S.S. and T. members sure did hate the General for clear cutting all those trees,, but they had no reason to hate Al Millez because the damage to the trees had already been done. And Laker Oats? He was headed to school early to meet a girl, when he stopped to help secure the crime scene. They’re all good kids.
But those Rocketeers? Now they’re a little scary. Brilliant but scary. When I was a kid we had to show our parents how to program the VCR but the programing these four are coming up with might some day control the world.
However, no Artificial Intelligence was used to kill either the General or Al Millez so the odds of them being the killers are slim.
And their mentor, Tara Tesla, was too caught up with juggling the two men, Al Millez and Sven Svenson, who were competing for her attentions.
Guess now she has just one guy to court her.
Which brings us to the big ol’ elephant in the room… the Millez family
The Millez girls, and their Mama, were all raised with good ol’ mid-western values but, while Honey was bitter, Cheri was greedy, and Kelley married a man who mows down trees, none of them, including the widow Britta Bran Millez, has the strength to kill with a heavy object to the head.
Their Aunt Candy Krunch, however, has been working on a small farm and can pitch a bale of hay with the men. She had the strength and the anger. But as angry as she was at her nephew Al Millez, Candy can’t stand the sight of blood.
That’s why they have a no-kill organic farm.
The Millez men are another problem. Grant, Lucky, and even Falon are all eager to get their hands on the Millez money and might just kill to obtain it.
But don’t forget the other men who love Millez women.
Captain Crispin Krunch who loves his Mama with all his heart and wants to make her happy,
Knute Krunch who would do anything to protect his wife, Candy, from the men who would cheat her out of her inheritance.
And yes, long-time family friend and lawyer, Walt O’Meel. who has loved Britta Bran Millez since High School when Ottis Millez stepped in and swept Britta from Walt’s arms as they both tried to comfort her after her father died.
So all the men in the extended Millez family had both the motive and the strength to kill. But who was the killer ?
One answer lay in the call logs the Langley Police were finally able to get from the cell phone of General Ottis Millez. When Ottis found himself badly wounded and caught in a bear trap, who did General Ottis Millez call to come to his rescue? . . .
His life-long friend and lawyer, Walt O’Meel.
Unfortunately for Ottis, Walt came to the rescue but when he saw how badly Ottis was injured, Walt did nothing but walk away from the man who had stolen Walt’s beloved Britta from his arms all those years ago. Walt even through the General’s cell phone out of his reach so he could not call anyone else for help. Then Walt left Ottis to bleed to death in that bear trap and flew back to North Dakota, to be with his first and only love, Britta Bran.
Is that murder since the bear trap was actually set by my Aunt, I.B. Fuzz?
The courts will decide.
But did Walt kill Al Millez as well? NO.
The murder of Al Millez was the man who had the strength, the man who had the tools, the man who felt Al would cheat him out of what was supposed to be his wife’s due inheritance, the man who loved both Candy Krunch and candy bars, the man who left a candy bar wrapper with his finger prints on it at the crime scene.
Knute argued with Al in the alley next to the book store and used a tractor wrench to bash Al over the head and kill him so that Al’s challenge to the General’s will would not go ahead, and Candy would finally get her fair share of the Millez family money.
SO dear Sleuths, we do not have one 4 time serial killer, just two cereal killers! And right now Langley Police are on their way to arrest Walt O’Meel and Knute Krunch for the murders they committed in the name of love.
Thank you all for helping us solve another Langley Murder Mystery. And, unless that despicable dead dentist lifts his curse, we hope to see you again next year.
Prizes & Winners
- Inn at Langley – The Inn at Langley is a relaxing retreat getaway on Whidbey Island with a renowned dining experience and waterfront spa. This prize is for a 1-night stay & a bottle of Comforts of Winery Puget Sound Sparkling Wine
***DON LARSEN OF GREENBANK***
- Saratoga Inn – This Nantucket-style Inn enjoys beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and Saratoga Passage right in the heart of downtown Langley. This prize is for a 1-night stay & a bottle of Comforts of Winery Puget Sound Sparkling Wine
***CAROL DREYSSE OF SNOHOMISH***
- Country Cottage of Langley B&B – The Country Cottage of Langley Bed & Breakfast is a luxury B&B situated in Langley, with views of the Village, Puget Sound, and the Cascade Mountains. Gifted 2-night Stay & a bottle of Comforts Winery Puget Sound Sparkling Wine
***WENDY KENDALL OF EDMONDS***
- Fair Trade Outfitters – Located on Anthes specializes in “Fair Trade” clothing, jewelry, gifts & accessories. Purchases made at Fair Trade are certified safe working environments, eco-friendly manufacturing, and materials while providing livable wages to workers. We thank Fair Trade for being one of our event sponsors to help make Mystery Weekend possible! Winner is taking home a $100 gift bag – made with love from Sole Mate Socks
***STACY PENNY OF CLINTON***
- Artisan Crafted Home offers handcrafted works by artists passionate about the beauty, uniqueness, and enchantment their designs bring to you. Enjoy your shopping with this – $100 Gift Certificate
***CORRINNA MCLAIN OF FREELAND***
- Whidbey Island Gem Gallery – You’ll find quality jewelry and gifts made from natural gemstones, crystals, fossils, and precious minerals. Shop the first street shop with this $100 Gift Certificate
***CHERYL ANTONY OF BELLEVUE***
- WICA – Whidbey Island Center for the Arts invites you and your friends to enjoy one of the upcoming performances this spring or summer 4 tickets to either “Every Brillant Thing (April 2022) or Apostophe (June 2022)
***LORI MENKE OF OAK HARBOR***
- Whidbey Island kayaking –
Whidbey Island Kayaking provides fun and safe experiences on Whidbey’s waters with guided tours, paddle instruction and rentals. Thank you Whidbey Island Kayaking for this $75 Gift Certificate and Mystery Weekend Tee Shirt
*** URANGA FAMILY OF PORT ORCHARD***
- Sweet Sisters Skincare – Feel-good products hand-made on south Whidbey $50 gift set Forest Essences Body Wash & lotion set. Forest essence: this signature scent of the Inn at Langley
***FRANC SAWATZKI OF GREENBANK***
- Silly Dog Studios – This newly added herbalist studio is located just outside of town off Saratoga rd. Lori specializes in herbal infused lotions, balms, salves, and soap. Check out Silly Dog Studios for pop-up markets & workshops and to purchase online. – gift bag contains a variety of handmade soaps & lotion bar
***SIMONE RICO OF CLINTON***
- Spoiled Dog Winery – This is a must place to visit for people who want to know about the wine country on Whidbey Island. Enjoy award-winning wines – many made from grapes grown on the Island. A gift certificate for Wine tastings for up to 4 people.
***PATTI KLEIN OF CORONA***
- Shop at Kalypso’s and discover your inner peace. Offering Crystals, Candles, Incense, Herbs, Books, Tarot, Oracle, Home Goods, Clothing, and much much more! Kalypso’s has gifted the event as our Platinum sponsor and donated to the winners. Kelly Keeper memory bowl
***RHONDA COLE OF SNOQUALMIE***
- Venture Out Nursery is located off 525 and Maxwelton road just outside of Langley City limits. This plant nursery is curated with real examples of beautiful Pacific Northwest gardens, go for the experience and take home a plant friend. $40 Gift Card
***ALEX GARCIA OF OAK HARBOR***
- Primal Island Granola – Handmade in small batched on Whidbey Island. A 4 pack of Primal Island Granola
***KRISTEN MILLER ABRAHAM OF LANGLEY***
- Sweet Monas Chocolate Botique – sweetening the world from Langley, Washington on Beautiful Whidbey Island Chocolaty Gift Basket full of goodies
***JANNA REDMAN OF SEATTLE***
- Seaglass Cove – features unique home decor, art along with fun gifts. Explore the shop in the Langley Village or shop their online store $50.00 Gift Certificate
***LIZZ PILKINGTON OF LANGLEY***
- The Braeburn – Curating a menu and style that reflects their passion for eating fresh, natural, locally sourced products, in a relaxed and enjoyable “Island” atmosphere. $50.00 Gift Certificate
***JOE ECKROTH OF KENT***
Gift Bag – #1
- WISH by the sea customized l Mystery Weekend tea towel from a Local maker “Stitched by Jen”
- A bottle of Comforts of Winery High Tide White
- Ulyssess Coffee Gift Card
***TAUSMKA RADSNSKI OF STANWOOD***
Gift Bag – #2
- A bottle of Comforts of Winery Cabernet/Syrah
- Pole sweaters size medium from Kalypso’s
- Ulyssess Coffee Gift Card
***FRAN OAKES OF TACOMA***
Gift Bag – #3
- Ulyssess Coffee Gift Card
- Pole sweaters size 1 lrg, from Kalypso’s
- Music for the Eyes Artist printed Scarf
***KATIE MILLER OF LYNDEN***
We cordially invite you to the 37th Annual Mystery Weekend, on February 26 and 27, being held in Langley on Whidbey Island.
This family friendly, two-day event draws people from far and wide to solve the mystery, enjoy the “Village by the Sea” and spend time with one another. It has regularly drawn a large audience, including “teams” that have formed over the years and come back every year, multi-generational families who use it to host a get together, and friends who meet up in Langley each year to reconnect. Played once, the game becomes a tradition to many of the players.
Each year, for the past 37 years, a murder has been committed in the town of Langley. In 2021 there were several suspicious deaths, but since we didn’t have our usual influx of sleuths to investigate because of COVID restrictions, they have gone unsolved.
This year, we invite back our dogged and loyal detectives (and new sleuths willing to take up the challenge) to help us get to the bottom of the happenings in our small town. Thirty suspects will take to the streets, where they can be interviewed (interrogated), and players can scour the town for clues, which can be collected via “touchless” collection by scanning QR codes at the locations or via the tried-and-true paper clue method. “The Langley Gazette,” a local paper printed for the occasion, will provide additional clues, as does the program containing the clue map.
The mystery event runs for two days, Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27 and culminates in a reveal at 4PM on Sunday, when the mystery is solved, and prizes are awarded to those who have entered and guessed correctly. Prizes range from overnight stays to gift certificates to local stores and restaurants.
We hope to see you there,
The Story Starts Here:
“A Cereal Mystery”
The seaside village of Langley had been tense all year. For the first time in 37 years it seemed there was no murder in February 2021. Many rejoiced when local “ghost whisperer” Claire Voiant announced to the City Council in March that she had been able to contact the first victim of a murder in Langley, local dentist Dr. Max Payne, and convinced him to lift the curse he had put on the town because his murderer had gone free. She assured everyone there would be no more murders from now on. However a majority of the residents were skeptical and when three people went missing in 2021 (wealthy landowner General Ottis Millez, retired Hollywood super star John Braveheart, and local fishing boat captain Krispin Krunch) people began to worry that not only had the curse not been lifted but that there might just be a cereal murderer at large in the quiet village.
Has the curse really been lifted?
Will the missing persons be found dead or alive?
Will there be another murder in February 2022?
Langley is again requesting amateur sleuths to come to town on February 26th and 27th 2022 to help local detective I.B. Fuzz solve these missing person cases and any murders which may reveal themselves that weekend.
Mystery Weekend 2022 Clues Preview
Billionaire Landowner Missing
The family of billionaire General Ottis Mills reported him missing May 25 after he did not meet his children at SeaTac Airport nor at the 50-acre parcel he had recently purchased to build a family vacation compound. The General’s oldest son, Al Bran, told The Gazette, “Dad was supposed to meet all four of us at the airport after we returned from a family vacation to Hawaii but, when he did not show, my sister Honey suggested that perhaps I got the location wrong, so we went to the Whidbey property to see if he was meeting us there. We waited five hours but he never showed. His B&B hostess said he had left in a huff the morning of February 27th after complaining that he wanted Eggs Benedict instead of French Toast. Neither she nor any of us have heard from him since that date.
Langley Police have issued a missing person bulletin and have assigned Police Detective Polly Graph and retired Detective I.B. Fuzz to look into the case. The Gazette will report any developments.
Freeland Shipyard Launches Charter Fishing Yacht
On June 23 the Freeland Shipyard launched the first of what is to be a fleet of luxury Fishing Charter Ships to serve the Puget Sound region. The first ship, “The Mi$$ Fortune,” will sail out of Langley Harbor starting with the Fall salmon season. The ship was accompanied on its launch sail from Freeland’s Holmes Harbor to the Shipyard’s dock at the Port of Langley by a dozen smaller boats blowing air horns and cheering. The shipyard plans to have the luxury interior finished and navigational equipment installed and ready for The Mi$$ Fortune’s maiden voyage in August.
Ship and Captain Missing
The owners of the luxury fishing charter ship The Mi$$ Fortune announced July 20th that Captain Crispin Crunch had not returned from the ship’s first shakedown cruise along the coast from Langley to Astoria. There has been no contact with the ship since shortly after Captain Crunch radioed that he was about to cross the Columbia Bar and was planning to dock overnight in Astoria. A team of Freeland Shipyard staff and the ship’s owners have searched the area around Astoria but the ship apparently never docked and there were no sighting of either Captain or ship as of publication time.
Is Family Feud Behind Complaint?
A long simmering midwest family feud may be behind the stop work order issued August 31 by the Island County Code Enforcement Department for the clearing and development of 100 acres of land along Maxwelton Road owned by the missing billionaire grain dealer General Ottis Millez.
As soon as the sign informing the public of the proposed clear cut and subdivision of the land was posted, a code violation complaint was filed by Candace “Candie” Millez Krunch of Langley. Mrs. Krunch is the estranged sister of Ottis Millez. Candie came to Whidbey after their father died and left his entire estate to her older brother, Ottis, as the only male heir. Friends of Mrs. Krunch say she has long suspected her brother of influencing the change in their late father’s will.
Rocket Crashes Behind Intermediate School
On the night of Friday September 24, many residents complained of bright lights and a loud bang awakening them around midnight. Langley police investigated and found a group of students partying in the woods behind the high school and setting off fireworks in honor of a friend’s 18th birthday. The students were booked for possession of illegal fireworks and disturbing the peace. They were released to their parents at 6:30 Saturday morning.
However, Monday morning a path of charred grass led Farmer Krunch to a mysterious rocket which had crashed in their back ten acres. Police have cordoned off the area and specialists from Boeing were asked to aid in identifying the source of the rocket. Anonymous sources told the Gazette that the rocket had not exploded but seemed to have broken cleanly into two pieces on impact. The interior of the rocket was hollow but had a strong odor of methane, not unlike that of a cattle barn in summer. This mysterious rocket, not the partying teens, is believed to have been the source of the bright lights and loud bang heard Friday night. Upon reports of the unusual craft the NTSB and Homeland Security have stepped in to take over the investigation. The Gazette will keep Langley informed of any developments.
Picketing at Millez Land as Clearing
In spite of heavy rain and gusting winds several people, led by Mrs. Candie Krunch, gathered at the land owned by General Ottis Millez, to protest the resumption of clear cutting of the fifty acre parcel. According to a flyer distributed by a group calling itself “Air, Seas, and Trees” they want to see the end of, “The brutal ravaging of the forests which clean our air and protect our seas from toxic run off.” The small group admitted to being newly organized. This was their first protest but the young people in particular were very enthusiastic in their shouts and distribution of flyers to anyone who would stop to ask what they were picketi
The picketers were not successful in stopping the crew from “Trees Begone Land Clearing” from resuming the work they had just begun when Island County issued a stop work order after a complaint was filed. According to foreman, Raul Bunions, “We got the permit again and neither rain, nor snow, nor winds will stop us now,”
Missing Charter Boat Returns Without Actor John Braveheart
The morning of November 16, while most of Langley huddled in their houses waiting for the power to come back on, a large battered ship was sighted anchored just off the Langley Marina. Shouts of joy followed as folks in the marina realized the ship was the luxury fishing charter boat the Mi$$ Fortune which had been missing since it left Langley on a shakedown cruise in July. A dinghy immediately rowed out to the ship and brought Captain Krispin Krunch to shore. While the Harbor Manager phoned Krispin’s parents to tell them the news, General Manager of the Freeland Boat Yard (builders of the ship) and an officer of The Swedish Fishing Company (owners of the ship) bombarded the Captain with questions.
Harbor Master Salty Chuck informed Krunch that his family was on their way and then praised the captain for his remarkable skill in bringing the ship into port in spite of gale force winds and king tides. Swedish Fishing Company representative, Sven Svenson, then told Krunch and Freeland Boatyard G.M. Barnie Pickles that he wanted to inspect the ship before Krunch got distracted with his family reunion so the three rowed out to the ship.Buy your tickets today:
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